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Theme: “The Bible: An Orthodox Perspective” Speaker: Fr. Silviu N. Bunta The Orthodox Churches of Greater Flint Assumption (Greek) 2245 Baldwin Road  Grand Blanc, MI 48439  810-771-4611 St. George (Antiochian) 5191 Lennon Road  Flint, MI 48507  810-732-0720 St. Mary Magdalene (OCA) 2439 South Long Lake Road  Fenton, MI 48430  810-750-1701 St. Nicholas (OCA) 2143 South Center Road  Burton, MI 48519  810-744-0070 Great Vespers (Confessions before after Vespers),Light Lenten Meal (free will offering), Presentation followed by Q & A   For more information: http://saintnicholasburton.org/files/Lenten-Talk-2015.pdf)
8th Annual Pan-Orthodox Lenten Retreat: San Francisco, CA @ Holy Virgin Cathedral “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Russian Orthodox Church | San Francisco | California | United States
The 8th annual pan-Orthodox lenten retreat at Holy Virgin Cathedral “Joy of All Who Sorrow” with speakers Priest Stephen Freeman and Nun Theoktisti Theme: “The Life in Christ: A Fount of Joy” Speakers: Fr. Stephen Freeman & Nun Theoktisti For more information: http://www.lentenretreatsf.org/
IOCC – Syrian Relief Dinner & Prayer Service: Pittsburgh, PA @ Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
For more information: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/pittsburgh-syria-relief-dinner-3-29-15
The Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series: Hartford, CT @ St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Theme: “Hymn of Cassiane: New Life in Christ Through Repentance” Speaker: Fr. J. Sergius Halvorsen, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Homelitics, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary) For more information: http://www.stgeorgecathedral.org/lectureseries.html
Council of Orthodox Christian Churches  Lenten Vespers: Warren, MI @ Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian  Orthodox Church | Warren | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will hold the fifth and final service in its series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. The service will be conducted by members of the Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit. The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will sing the responses during the service. The homilist will be the Very Rev. John Fenton, Holy Incarnation Antiochian Orthodox Church, Lincoln Park. Members of the public are invited to attend the service. For further information,  http://www.coccdetroit.com.      
Iconography Exhibit – Call for Panel Iconography: VA @ Trinity House Café  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Eligibility:  The Trinity House Café is currently accepting applications to display and sell works in the upstairs Gallery.  Any school of traditional Iconography: egg tempera, encaustic, illuminated manuscript, bas-relief, mosaic, fresco. . .. materials both in the Byzantine methods will be considered for their display. Exhibition starts: April 2015 Entry deadline:on-going Opening Reception: May 3rd, 5:00—7:00 pm Light refreshments For more information: http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/exhibits/
Learn to chant the hymns of the church. Sessions meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. For more information: http://www.stparaskevi.org/assets/files/E%20Newsletter%20February%202015.pdf
Apr 9 – Apr 19 all-day
OCMC – Teaching: Kenya
Work at the Makarios III Seminary in Nairobi and teach the Faith to catechists (local church leaders) from outlying areas of Lodwar. For more information: http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx
A Brief Introduction to Ethiopian Music: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Ethnomusicologist Danny Mekonnen guides an exploration of traditional and modern Ethiopian musical styles through audio, visual, and live demonstrations. Open to general audiences, as well as musicians of all ability, the program will cover Ethiopian history and Ethiopian musical styles, including vocal, folk, modern, jazz, brass band, and pop, with listening examples. There will be an emphasis on development of style, deep listening to recorded examples, and introduction to Ethiopian pentatonic scales. In addition to modern and pop styles, the program will also touch on traditional and folkloric tunes, giving a sense of the wide variety of repertoire, while focusing on famous innovators of Ethiopian music and well-known ‘canonic’ tunes. For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/visit/what-s-happening/events-calendar/a-brief-introduction-to-ethiopian-music/?eID=22801  
FILM: "Ethiopia: Keepers of the Lost Ark": Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Ethiopia is the oldest nation in Africa, with a fascinating history extending back thousands of years.  It was one of the earliest Christian nations, and developed a unique form of Orthodoxy with roots in the Coptic traditions of Egypt, along with ancient and lasting links to Judaism from the time of King Solomon. Photojournalist David Adams comes to Ethiopia to seek the origins of an ancient legend that the fabled Ark of the Covenant – the golden vessel in which reside the tablets bearing the Ten Commandments — has been hidden in Ethiopia for nearly 3,000 years.  The Ark is sacred to both Jews and Christians; but to Ethiopians, its presence in their country, and the incredible story of how it got there, is central to their faith. 60 minute film followed by discussion; in English; suitable for ages 13 and up For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/visit/what-s-happening/events-calendar/film-ethiopia-keepers-of-the-lost-ark/?eID=22741
Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day
Gardening Retreat: Menton, CA @ Monastery of St. John | Manton | California | United States
Topic: “Gardening Retreat: Journey to Eden: The Image of Christ in Creation” Presenter: Hieromonk Innocent of St. John Monastery, Manton, CA http://dowoca.org/news_141105_1.html   or    http://www.monasteryofstjohn.org/  
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day
Sinai Icon Conference: Princton, NJ @ Princeton University, 101 McCormick Hall | Princeton | New Jersey | United States
The icons at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai will be the focus of a two-day conference, “A New Look: Sinai and Its Icons in Light of the Digitization of the Weitzmann Archive,” that is being organized by the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. The annual Weitzmann Lecture will be given on the evening of Friday, April 17, by Professor Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art, emeritus. For more information: http://www.princeton.edu/visualresources/sinai-and-its-icons/
2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies: Brookline, MA @ Hellenic College Holy Cross, Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College will host the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies April 18, 2015. We welcome graduate students studying in any field related to Byzantine studies to the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus to engage in a lively exchange of ideas and to share and broaden their research interests in a collegial and intellectually rigorous environment. A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. Roundtable participants includeDr. Bill Caraher, Associate Professor of History, University of North Dakota, Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Eurydice Georgantelli, Marie Curie Senior Research[...]
The Council of Bishops and Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA cordially invite all Christ-loving faithful, in particular our youth of all ages to participate in this year’s SAINT THOMAS SUNDAY PILGRIMAGE. Come and share in the light, grace and Gospel of the Risen Lord with others! Bright Saturday: 18 April 2015 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Memorial Church 6:00 PM Vespers and Confessions at the Seminary Chapel Sunday: 19 April, 2015 9:30 AM Eucharistic Liturgy. Celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Grace Bishop Daniel and pastors of local and distant parish communities. 11:30 AM A procession to the Cemetery’s Great Memorial Cross for the celebration of a Panakhyda for the repose of the souls of the departed servants of God, His Holiness Patriarch Mstyslav, Metropolitan John, Metropolitan Constantine, and all departed hierarchs, clergy and faithful of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA, along[...]
SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: "Bright Saturday" Celebration: NY @ St. Andrew's Camp | Cleveland | New York | United States
Visit our camp! Enjoy our camp! Learn about our camp! The clergy and faithful of the diocese are invited to a “Bright Saturday” celebration at Saint Andrew’s Camp. The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Michael. Following the Liturgy, a Paschal Buffet will be served and participants will have an opportunity to tour and learn more about the camp. Overnight accommodations are available for Friday and Saturday nights (reservation required). Contact the camp for further information and let them know if you will be able to participate in this special day! event flyer >         camp website >             SaintAndrewsCamp.org  For more information:   http://nynjoca.org/
IOCC 4th Annual Benefit Banquet: Deptford, NJ @ Adelphia Restaurant (Panathenian Grand Ballroom) | Deptford Township | New Jersey | United States
For more information: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/philadelphia-banquet-4-19-15
Apr 20 – Apr 25 all-day
Iconography Workshop: Salem, SC @ Diakonia Retreat Center  | Salem | South Carolina | United States
5 1/2 day Workshop & Retreat on Byzantine Iconography. Located by the lake at the beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center in South Carolina. Iconographer: Fr. Anthony Salzman Combining the natural mountain setting and daily prayer and attentive instruction you will learn to write an icon according to the ancient techniques.  The class is for beginners and intermediates but advance students are welcome to come and work at their own pace and under the guidance of Fr. Anthony (with prior approval). Curriculum Includes: • color theory• introductory slide lecture of Byzantine Icons • drawing in the Byzantine style • icon painting in acrylic • daily prayers and meditation • fellowship activities  For more information: http://www.imageandlikeness.com/lectures-and-workshops/
Illuminated Manuscript Course: Leesburg, VA @ Trinity House Café  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Iconographer: Ioana Belcea In this five-day course, students will receive full instruction on how to paint this image of the Gospel from Constantinople 10th c. The mediums will be in traditional egg tempera and gold. All levels are welcome. Class closes April 6. For more information:  http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/courses/
The Transept and its Upper Levels in the High Medieval Church: Towards a New Functional Approach (Architecture, Decor, Liturgy and Sound) This conference is jointly organized by the Catholic University of Angers (Faculty of Humanities) and the University of Lausanne (Department of History of Art). It aims to analyze in greater detail the spaces of the transept and to explore their relation(s) with the choir/heart of the church. This two-day international and interdisciplinary symposium will work towards bringing together and assessing the results, often dispersed, of past and present research, building upon debates involving specialists from multiple backgrounds and finishing with a round table which will propose a summary of the papers and explore further insights into new research directions. For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/research/index.php/announcements/conferences-and-symposia/transept-and-upper-levels-in-the-high-medieval-church/
Prosopon Iconography Workshop: Ellicott City, MD @ Shrine of St. Anthony on  | Ellicott City | Maryland | United States
Iconographer: Vladislav Andrejev For more information: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
Apr 23 – Apr 28 all-day
The seventh annual Saint Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference  is geared to the needs of those who homeschool or are considering this education option. The keynote speaker will be Priest Andrew Stephen Damick, pastor of Saint Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Emmaus, PA; author ofOrthodoxy and Heterodoxy and An Introduction to God, and host of the “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy” and “Roads from Emmaus” podcasts onAncient Faith Radio.  Among the other speakers and workshop leaders are Dr. Christopher and Anna Veniamin of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA. The conference will feature workshops for experienced and beginner homeschoolers alike.  Simultaneous sessions will be held for children age 3 and up.  The conference will offer ample opportunities for worship and fellowship with other Orthodox Christian homeschooling families. For more information: http://oca.org/news/headline-news/in-the-news-connecticut-pennsylvania-michigan-montana
ASC Work Weekend Millennium Building Repairs: PA @ All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camp  | Emlenton | Pennsylvania | United States
Mark your calendars to lend a helping hand to aid with a major step in the Millennium Building Improvements! *French Drain Repair (Assisting excavator with digging and gravel placement) *General Millennium Building Repairs & Cleaning *Weekend Meal Preparation, and more….. For More Information: http://uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2015/2015-All-Saints-Camp-Work-Weekend.pdf  
ForFFor more informatFoion: http://www.stanthonysorthodox.org/
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Orthodox Lecture on Icons: Leesburg, VA @ Trinity House Café  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Theme: “Justianianic Mosaics of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople” Speaker:Phd. Natalia Teteriatnikov  Open to all For more information: http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/lectures/
JAMES C. ROUMAN LECTURE SERIES: Hartford, CT @ St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral  | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Alexandros Kyrou, PhD, Professor of History, Salem State University, “The Modern West and Byzantium: (The Enlightenment Sources of Ignorance and Hostility Towards The Orthodox World”) For more informationF: http://www.stgeorgecathedral.org/lectureseries.html
COCC “Spring Celebration” Dinner-Dance: Redford, MI @ Saint Michael the Archangel Church, Banquet Hall | Detroit | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its annual “Spring Celebration” dinner-dance. Proceeds from the event will assist retired clergy and widowed clergy wives. The event will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:00.  There will be live music by the Offbeats and entertainment for children. To order tickets or obtain further information, contact Mihaela Charlier at 313-595-7640 or coccdetroit@yahoo.com, or Richard Shebib at 248-345-9346 or paschabooks@sbcglobal.net. The COCC is also soliciting donations from merchants for a silent auction and advertisements in a souvenir book that will be distributed at the event.  The deadline for submissions is April 14. For ad rates and further information, contact Mary Ann Dadich at 586=775-4799 or mdadich811@gmail.com, or Richard Shebib at 248-345-9346 orpaschabooks@sbcglobal.net. Visit its web site at http://www.coccdetroit.com.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
  When: Apr 27 – May 9, 2015 Where: Israel Description: Ancient and Holy In the Holy Land “Ancient and Holy in the Holy Land” is a unique trip that combines several features. It is first and foremost an Orthodox Christian pilgrimage. Our highest priority is the veneration of the Holy Sites associated with the Earthly Ministry of our Savior, Most Holy Virgin Mary, Apostles of our Lord and a multitude of righteous individuals from the Old and New Testament. Therefore, we will first and foremost visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Mt. Tabor and number of sites in Galilee. At the same time, we seek to provide members of our tour with a better understanding of the ecclesiastical and cultural-historical background of the Holy Land; for this reason, we will visit important monuments of the Jewish and Nabatean past – Masada, Qumran, and Petra, as well as imposing Roman Ruins at Sephoris and Jerash.[...]
Apr 30 all-day
Second Cuba Mission Trip, April 30-May 8. Fr. Costa will be leading a team of 20 individuals including 4 priests for the second Cuba Mission Trip. Most of the team has now been chosen, but there is room for more. They will participate in the First of May parade in Havana with the Saint Nicholas parish of Havana. They will also play baseball, USA vs. Cuba! The team will then split into three teams: one team will stay in Havana to assist with preparing the new and first Orthodox monastery in Cuba to receive monks and train priests, another will travel to Ranchuelo to the Saint George the New Martyr parish to assist with building/painting/cleaning the church building, and the third team will travel to Holguin in Guantanamo to visit the Orthodox parish of Saint Paraskevi. We will be doing Bible Study, making icons and livani, and participating in the[...]
IOCC Annual Pan-Orthodox Grand Banquet & Silent Auction: Des Plaines, IL @ Café La Cave  | Des Plaines | Illinois | United States
For more information: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/chicago-banquet2015
Orthodox Choir of Detroit Performance: Cleveland, OH @  St. Mary Church  | Cleveland | Ohio | United States
Orthodox Choir of Detroit to benefit Zoe for Life! The Orthodox Choir of Detroit has brought an essential aspect of our Faith to southeastern lower Michigan with its beautiful music.  The ensemble has existed in various forms for several decades, and is composed of singers of mixed voice (SATB) from parishes across the city.  The “Lenten Choir” is a more loosely organized group that gathers to give responses at the annual Sunday Lenten Vespers services.  The choir also rehearses on a more intense level to prepare for concerts and other special events as needed.  The English language repertoire includes composers of many national backgrounds and jurisdictions, from the traditional Byzantine and ancient melodies, to modern-day American composers.  (Matushka) Victoria Kopistiansky is the musical director and Elizabeth Star serves as the choir’s representative liaison to the COCC. For more information: http://orthodoxcleveland.us/